Thirteen-year old Tai Pham is helping out in his grandmother's store, The Jade Market, when another brick comes flying through the glass window sending shattered glass across the counters and aisles. It's the third one this month and the same yellow truck driving by. Now the family is facing big questions. Is it worth it to keep the store open? Should they close it?
Tai's grandmother, Ba Noi, immigrated to Coast City decades ago, fleeing the Vietnam War and making a life for her family. Over the decades, her Jade Market became the center of the community. When the family starts to talk about closing the store, Ba Noi is adamantly against it. She moved out of fear once but she will not be moved by fear this time.
Even someone as strong and powerful as Ba Noi cannot last forever and that night she passes away leaving her jade ring to her grandson and leaving her legacy to her family and her community.
Tai is stunned to learn that his grandmother's jade ring holds incredible power. He is equally stunned to learn what he has been chosen to wear it and chosen to protect the Earth.
Superheroes, powers, community, immigrants all converge in the life of Tai Pham. His identity will change forever, his pride in carrying on the values and integrity of his grandmother give him great strength and the bullies who rely on hatred to defend their sense of entitlement are about to find out just how big the force is that is now standing against them.
144 pages 978-1401283551 Ages 8-12
Keywords: superhero, grandmother, heritage, community, prejudice, racism, bullies, Asian culture, graphic novel, immigrants, immigration, action/adventure, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, Asian American author, finding yourself
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother's store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he's about to embark on.
When Tai inherits his grandmother's jade ring, he soon finds out it's more than it appears. Suddenly he's being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he's forced to confront that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold his ba's legacy.
Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: will he learn to soar above his insecurities or will the past keep him grounded?---from the publisher